Programs with roots in the War on Poverty, such as nutrition assistance and Head Start, have kept millions of families out of poverty, made education more accessible, and put the American Dream within reach for those struggling on the economic brink. It is crucial that we  highlight the importance of these programs to families and the economy as we mark the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.

Our American Story, along with Community Action Partnership, wanted to give voice to the millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed by programs such as nutrition assistance, early education, job training, and other programs that have their roots in the War on Poverty.  Our American Story: Personal Stories on the War on Poverty’s Legacy is a collection of written stories from Americans who have benefited from programs with roots in the War on Poverty. These stories lend a voice to the millions of Americans who have previously or are currently struggling to make ends meet and for whom these supports are a vital lifeline.

Many Americans across the country have shared their personal histories with us about the safety net and how it has helped them. This booklet showcases merely 30 of the contributions submitted by parents, children, and service providers who have struggled or are struggling with poverty; they are our neighbors, our relatives, and our teachers. Their stories are Our American Story.

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